The Oscars: “inclusion rider”

The run up to the Oscars was heralded by three billboard installations by conservative street artist Sabo, a nod to the film “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missourii”.  Does this mean conservatives are making a play for women voters after all?

The billboard predicting “and the Oscar for the biggest pedophile goes to”, didn’t quite come true. There were Oscars for Gary Oldman, accused of beating and choking his wife, and Kobe Bryant, who settled out of court on sexual assault. Ryan Seacrest was there, but widely snubbed, in the aftermath of some rumors of crotch grabbing, but Kathy Griffin offered his accuser a job. Griffin, who was photographed with a fake head of Donald Trump, has been deemed too transgressive to get work in the industry.

The most newsworthy event of the evening was Frances McDormand’s speech.  She asked all the women who had been nominated to stand up, saying that they still had unfunded projects that deserved to be made, and at the end of the speech, introduced the concept of he “inclusion rider”.

The concept of the “inclusion rider” was introduced by Stacy Smith of the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, who studied diversity in films and discovered that surprise, surprise, surprise, casting was not representative of the population.

“The typical feature film has about 40 to 45 speaking characters in it” she explained. “I would argue that only 8 to 10 of those characters are actually relevant to the story. The remaining 30 or so roles, there’s no reason why those minor roles can’t match or reflect the demography of where the story is taking place. An equity rider by an A-lister in their contract can stipulate that those roles reflect the world in which we actually live.”

This would not be a bad thing for Wikipedia to adopt.

If Frances McDormand looks familiar, she was the pregnant sheriff in “Fargo”.  Speaking of wood-chipper murders, did you know the movie was inspired by a real murder, that of Helle Crafts, whose Wikipedia article is perversely at “Murder of Helle Crafts“.

Men who are only notable for having killed someone get their own names and identities, like Charles Manson, Jeffrey Dahmer, or Ted Bundy, are all given the dignity of their own names by Wikipedia titles, while the unfortunate Helle Crafts, who had filed for divorce and did not wish to be linked to her husband in real life, is irrevocably possessed by him in death, sickeningly labeled by Wikipedia with the violence he did to her.  Surely her life was much more than that.

5 thoughts on “The Oscars: “inclusion rider”

  1. Could be anything, my impression of Hollywood is that they all pretend to love each other even when they hate each other. She says it was meant to show support for him, and if it isn’t true it should be, after all she could have skipped that interview. This old clip from 2015 shows they worked together before and although she seems to have a flirtatious personality, she seems to greet him with extra enthusiasm when they are introduced.

    I could not find the entire Seacrest interview anywhere, only clips, but the other interviewer asks about her career, and that one is available. So it looks like The Internet is using the occasion to boost her career, while spreading the accusations against him even further. He’s been around a long time though, and would be very hard to dislodge as the king of bland filler, but it does look like they are trying to make something stick.

  2. This one?

    “But what many people did not see was the end of the interview, in which Henson gives Seacrest a hug and, beaming, says: ‘Always good to see you. I’ll see you in New York!'”

    Means nothing. They all hug and kiss each other in Hollywood, especially if they’re stabbing each other in the back, it’s all for the camera. Even if she denies it, that’s just more Streisand Effect.

    His Twitter has slightly more supporters:

    About the same on WaPo, maybe more towards “hypocrisy”:

  3. Here is her statement today:

    However, the next day Henson told People that her comments were “misconstrued” and that she “absolutely” supports Seacrest. “I did it to keep his chin up,” she said. “It’s an awkward position to be in. He’s been cleared but anyone can say anything.” E!’s internal investigation found “insufficient evidence to support the claims against Seacrest.”

    So it looks like 1) she was aware of the controversy before she did the interview with him 2) even if her previous statements were meant to have it both ways or straddle the fence, her current statements are meant to publicly defend him.

    Wonder if we will see her with Seacrest on the reboot of American Idol.

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